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Mexico pipeline explosion killed 89, Pemex defends response

Mexico pipeline explosion killed 89, Pemex defends responseThere were also 51 people injured, Health Minister Jorge Alcocer told a morning news conference. Over the weekend, a series of possible missteps by the current government became clear, from the delay in shutting off the pipeline, to relatives saying fuel shortages caused by the government’s anti-theft policy attracted people to the leak.



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EPA Nominee Wheeler Defends Rollbacks While Pressed on Climate

EPA Nominee Wheeler Defends Rollbacks While Pressed on ClimateWheeler, a former energy lobbyist who has served as acting administrator for six months, did not mention global warming in his opening remarks to the Environment and Public Works Committee, instead touting agency deregulatory efforts he said would spare businesses some $ 1.8 billion in compliance costs. “How does it happen that the nominee to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency does not mention the words climate change at a time when the scientific community thinks climate change is the greatest environmental crisis facing the planet?” asked Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats.



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The Latest: Sheriff defends Jayme Closs 911 response

The Latest: Sheriff defends Jayme Closs 911 responseBARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping of Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and the killing of her parents (all times local):



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Saudi urges 'fair' energy transition, defends oil

Saudi urges 'fair' energy transition, defends oilTop oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Tuesday for a “fair” and gradual global energy transition as it unveiled an ambitious domestic renewable energy programme. Experts say energy output from renewables, especially solar and wind, is growing faster than anticipated, threatening to displace oil, gas and coal as the world’s main sources of power. “Balancing greenhouse gas emissions will take decades,” he said at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.



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Mexico defends hands-off stance on Venezuela

Mexico defends hands-off stance on VenezuelaMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended his administration's hands-off policy on Venezuela Monday, saying it marked a return to the country's longstanding policy of non-intervention.



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Venezuela's Maduro defends rule as legitimate

Venezuela's Maduro defends rule as legitimateVenezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro defended his government’s legitimacy Sunday as his bid for a second six-year term has come under growing fire internationally and by the country’s opposition-controlled National Assembly. In another sign of turmoil around Maduro, who is to be sworn in Thursday, the Venezuelan Supreme Court confirmed that a justice who sat on a panel that deals with electoral issues has fled the county. News of the defection of Christian Zerpa came a day after the opposition-controlled National Assembly declared Maduro’s presidency to be illegitimate and called for a transitional government to organize democratic elections.



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Trump defends Syria pullout during surprise visit to Iraq

Trump defends Syria pullout during surprise visit to IraqTrump made the decision on Syria abruptly last week, against the advice of top aides and commanders, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned the next day. Trump said he had told his advisers, “let’s get out of Syria,” but was persuaded to stay, before deciding last week to bring the 2,000 troops home. It’s time for us to start using our head,” the president told reporters at the Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad where he and first lady Melania Trump spent a little more than three hours on the ground with U.S. troops.



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Donald Trump makes Christmas calls to troops, denies collusion and defends shutdown stand

Donald Trump makes Christmas calls to troops, denies collusion and defends shutdown standWhile wishing a Merry Christmas to troops overseas, President Donald Trump ventured into politics Tuesday.



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Goldman Sachs CEO defends bank in 1MDB scandal

Goldman Sachs CEO defends bank in 1MDB scandalThe head of Goldman Sachs defended the investment bank’s handling of the scandal-plagued Malaysian fund 1MDB on Friday, saying much criticism of the financial giant was unfair. “I cannot stress enough how integrity is a cornerstone of our culture,” newly-installed Chief Executive David Solomon said in a year-end message to employees. Goldman helped 1MDB to issue $ 6.5 billion of bonds but Kuala Lumpur accuses the bank and its former employees of misappropriating $ 2.7 billion during the process.



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Trump defends U.S. withdrawal from Syria, says others must fight

Trump defends U.S. withdrawal from Syria, says others must fightU.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his surprise decision to declare victory over Islamic State militants in Syria and completely withdraw U.S. troops from the country, amid criticism from some Republicans and concern from allies and some U.S. military commanders. In early morning tweets, Trump said he was fulfilling a promise from his 2016 presidential campaign to leave Syria. Echoing a central plank of his foreign policy – that he seeks to stop the United States being taken advantage of – he said the United States was doing the work of other countries, including Russia and Iran, with little in return.



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